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Mark Duerksen

African Studies with a primary field in History

Mark Duerksen is a PhD student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in history. His research focuses on African political and urban history with an interest in tracing the evolving meanings of architectural and urban planning projects from their conception through their present legacies. Currently he is learning to utilize mapping technology (WorldMap, ArcGis) to aggregate data in order to better visualize spatial transformations. Mark has a BA in Political and Social Thought with a minor in African Studies from the University of Virginia. While an undergraduate he studied in Uganda and Rwanda with the School for International Training.